Thursday, March 24, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday #306: 1793 Receipt of Rachel Kirby

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1793 receipt of Rachel Kirby for the gifts bequeathed by her husband's (Ichabod Kirby) will in Westport, Massachusetts.

This receipt is one of the papers provided me by Susanne as outlined in A Kirby Family Genealogical Windfall From Susanne (17 March 2016):

The transcription of this record is:

Westport the 22 of the 10'th month called October
1793  Received of my son David Kirby
Executor; in full all the Clear [?] gifts
given me by my husband Ichabod Kirby
by his last will and testament (viz)
the Cow & pottery tother with the house
hold goods and Indoor movables mentioned
in said ^will^ to me and this receit shall be his
full discharge for the same; hereby acquitting
him the said David Kirby his heirs or
Executor from any lawfull demand or Claim
to the above said primises by me or in my
name; as wittness my hand
                                         Rachel  +  Kirby
Philip Tripp                                mark
Meribah Deuel

The above Recept contains articles to the amount of £47-0-9
as they was Inventoryed.

The source citation for this document is:

Ichabod Kirby Family Papers (loose papers on scrapbook pages, created after 1801 by unknown persons), digital image of loose papers privately held by Susanne Nisbet, [address for private use], Wake Forest, N.C., 2016 (7th great-grandchild of Ichabod Kirby); Rachel Kirby receipt, 1793;  Provenance is David Kirby family of Westport, Mass. ca 1801 to Susanne Nisbet 2016, provided to Randy Seaver March 2016 via email.

In the 1788 will of Ichabod Kirby (transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - Post 312: 1788 Will of Ichabod Kirby (1705-1793) in Bristol County, Mass.(posted 21 March 2016)), Rachel's husband bequeathed her many articles, in addition to requiring his two sons to provide Rachel with yearly support as long as she remained his widow.

I looked through the images that I made at the Family History Library of Ichabod Kirby's probate record, and this receipt from the widow was not included.  It should have been.  Perhaps the executor of the estate kept some of the papers and did not submit them to the Bristol County Probate Court.


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